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Former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer believes that the former Indian World Cup-winning captain MS Dhoni can still play a crucial role for the Indian team by helping the present Indian captain Virat Kohli.
The 38-year-old MS Dhoni is one of the greatest minds of the game. Under his captaincy (2007-2018), India achieved many successes in international cricket, including winning the ICC World T20 2007, ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 and ICC Champions Trophy 2013. Even after stepping down from the leadership role, Dhoni has strongly guided the national team by providing his valuable advice in the crucial moments.
While Dhoni hasn’t played a recognised cricket match since the completion of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, his future in the international cricket is strongly doubtful, especially when he hasn’t clarified it yet. Though the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain Dhoni was ready to feature in the IPL 2020, the postponement of this tournament has forced to further delay of his return to the recognised cricket matches.
MS Dhoni is lethal in T20 cricket: Wasim Jaffer
In his 15-year long international career, Dhoni has played 90 Tests, 350 ODIs and 98 T20Is. Wasim Jaffer feels that Dhoni is still a very strong cricketer in the T20 format and his presence in the national team even can help Virat Kohli-led Indian team.
Jaffer told Times Now, “See, I think it is up to MS Dhoni. People always make perceptions but that doesn’t matter. He is ready to play the IPL. We all know he was working hard at the Chennai Super Kings nets. After IPL, we might get a clear picture regarding his form, fitness, etc. His creditability can never be questioned. Plus, he is lethal in T20 cricket.”
“Moreover, he will provide so much help to Virat Kohli with his cricketing acumen. When he has not been there, we see many DRS reviews turn out to be wrong. So, he brings a lot to the table. No doubt!”
The legendary Indian domestic cricketer Wasim Jaffer played 31 Tests and two ODIs for the Indian team between 2000 and 2008. In his international career, while Jaffer played with Dhoni in 24 matches, he played only one Test under Dhoni’s captaincy (2008 Kanpur Test against South Africa), which was also incidentally Jaffer’s last Test.